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CoolSculpting : The Procedure Part 2

The Side Effects

Unsteady and emotionally drained pipes, I returned to my apartment or condo, where I had actually laid out my running clothes, believing I ‘d bounce right back and be OKAY to jog. When I strolled in the door, my other half asked how it went, and I pulled my t-shirt as much as show him enormous bruises the size of grapefruits on my ideal side.

He didn’t state much-I believe he was in total shock-but I gasped, understanding simply just how much discomfort I was in. Regardless of bruising and swelling being two of the more typical adverse effects, I didn’t recognize just how beat up I ‘d be. Was this actually worth it for the guarantee of a “flat belly”?

Much more: Another possible negative effects of CoolSculpting is lingering, tingling nerve pain. However you can’t take a handful of Advil for it: CoolSculpting causes an inflammatory reaction in the body, and any ibuprofen suppresses that wanted inflammatory action. The nerve pain, which can last up to 6 weeks, was random, stabby, and anxiety-inducing.

Thankfully, the discomfort and bruising gone away after about 3 weeks. And when I went back for my left side (where I discovered my fat peaked far less, hallelujah), I didn’t experience the exact same post-treatment nerve pain. I did have another set of major bruises, though. Sigh.

My Takeaway

CoolSculpting claims itself as non-invasive treatment without any downtime. The fact? I could not run, do yoga, or strength train for 2 weeks-and I have actually never felt my individual space more invaded than throughout the treatment. I was hyper-aware of my stomach fat and somehow felt more uncomfortable than ever. The inflammatory response also causes a little bit of swelling in the first week or two, so your stomach in fact grows prior to it gets smaller sized.

Which brings me to the results: the slimmer stomach I wanted. Did I get it? Three months later on, I’ll admit it: My stomach is seriously flatter. My once-familiar round belly was more akin to a washboard, and muscle cuts were emerging near my more now-pronounced hipbones. (The medspa never ever followed up to take after photos, so I never got the specific deets of the number of inches I lost.).

2 points worth including: The weeks off the streets and out of the yoga studio (due to the pain of the treatment) don’t help anybody’s physical fitness objectives. Plus, a family trip at the three-month mark (when the very best results from CoolSculpting are seen) made my abs far less washboard-y. The familiar old curvature of my tummy reappeared. And despite many sweaty runs, planks, and down pet dogs, I couldn’t get my stomach as flat it had actually been before that journey.

So yes, in my experience, CoolSculpting works, however just if you’re actually strict with your diet plan and exercise regimen, which I was, for the most part. And remember, simply a few weeks off entirely hindered project six-pack.

Considering how terribly the procedure made me feel about myself, I’m likewise uncertain I ‘d ever do it once again. Regardless of my a little flatter stomach, I ‘d tell you to skip spending thousands of dollars for CoolSculpting and spend some additional time on your ab regimens (like this 4-week prepare for flat abs) instead.

No one requires their fat peaks highlighted with Sharpies. Ever.